Whatever the reason for it, it’s impact on Australia has been far-reaching.
The industry — already on its knees — is struggling under the weight of trailer after trailer of wasted produce. And now copycats are making recovery efforts almost impossible.
Shoppers are avoiding strawberries that are available because of a fear — rational or otherwise — that their punnet might have been tampered with.
Just yesterday, we learned that a needle was found inside an apple being peeled by a Sydney mum for her daughter.
“This can’t possibly be happening, not in apples,” the Kellyville mum said.
But yes, in apples, too.